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Shakespeare's Globe, London

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Discover the plays of the Bard of Avon the way they were meant to be seen, at Shakespeare's Globe. an authentic reproduction of the open-air theater once established by the playwright's playing company, the Lord Chamberlain's Men. The modern playhouse sits roughly 230 m (750 ft) from the site of the original. Between performances, take a guided tour of the theater, and browse exhibitions highlighting Shakespeare and theater in the 16th and 17th centuries. If watching a play while exposed to the elements doesn't appeal, the adjoining Jacobean theater recreates the style of indoor playhouse for which Shakespeare also wrote. To visit Shakespeare's Globe and get the most from your holiday in London, create itinerary details personal to you using our London itinerary builder.
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  • As it would be with any popular attraction, it is best to book your tickets in advance. We have done it about two weeks before the performance, and we still were able to get good seats, but there was ...  more »
  • I adore Shakespeare but last weekend was my first trip to the Globe Theatre. What an absolute treat. The authentic Elizabethan feel in this modern building is wonderful. We saw Romeo & Juliet. Now tha...  more »
  • Super. Modern interpretation with loads of humour - so accessible. This is how the normal people of Shakespeare's day must have enjoyed his work. Really fun performance  more »
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  • Amazing experience! Had gone to see R&J, very much with a modern twist. The standing area is open and we were completely wet from the rain.. So always carry your rain coat.. staff here are great, venue is clean and also has some quick bites
  • Absolutely amazing performance! Actors were fantastic, as well as the people you don't see, musicians & stage crew. Superb stage directing & choreography. It was our second visit to the Globe & the location only adds to the atmosphere. Felt truly blessed to see such a great performance of Romero & Juilette. Shakespeare.........Pure genius!
  • Historical significance aside, the building is clean, organized, and my wife and I were able to pick up our tickets and get inside easily and quickly. The show (Romeo and Juliet) was likewise wonderful. It was great when the actors expanded the show beyond the stage and performed parts from the crowd. I didn't try the food but prices seemed reasonable for theatre refreshments.
  • Nice experience, went with my wife to see Romeo and Juliet. We thought the play was going to be executed old-shakespearian-style, but were amused to find the contrary. The script was in old style English, but the elements of the play were not. We had bought tickets for the East Tower, a couple of seats in section J of the second floor, right in front of the stage. We made the mistake of choosing our seats too close to the end of the row and I ended up with less than half of my view being blocked by a wooden column. Also, if you are booking seated tickets, remember to rent the cushions for £1 each, and the seat's back for £2. And also remember to bring some coats or jackets since it might get cold out there. All in all, a wonderful experience, we'll definitely go back!
  • One of the highlights of our London trip. Saw Romeo and Juliet and it was amazing standing in front of the stage like people would have done back in the day. The performance was incredible too. Just remember it's an open air theatre so if you opt for standing tickets be prepared for rain just in case!

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